Gut health is currently one of the hottest topics in nutrition and well being with various products such as sauerkraut, probiotic containing yogurt or fermented beverages such as komboucha claiming to be just what you need for gut health. While there is evidence to suggest that including these functional foods is warranted we have plenty of other simple nutrition advice to share when it comes to showing your gut some much needed love.
Our gut health and digestive health page outlines more information about how our Christchurch Dietitians and Virtual Dietitians can help you with your gut health. In the meantime this blog can bring you up to speed on important gut health facts with some takeaways for you to implement today.
Have you heard of the gut microbiome? The microbiome are the many millions of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi etc.) that populate your gastrointestinal tract.
When explaining the importance of gut health, it is first important to understand why looking after your gut is important. We know that our gastrointestinal system, in particular, your large intestine or colon, contains millions of live bacteria species that contribute to your individual gut flora. We are only just beginning to understand the role of these bacteria in overall health and so far we know that they have a role in autoimmune disease, immunity, mental health and of course digestion!
Like all living organisms, these bacteria need food to survive. Food for your gut bacteria are called prebiotics and are found in a variety of fibre containing foods including bananas, oats, onions, leeks and wheat bran.
As well as gut bacteria it is important that you keep your bowel motions soft and regular to avoid constipation. In addition to including fibre containing foods such as fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and legumes it is also important to stay hydrated and perhaps increase your fluid intake.
Interested in learning more? Subscribe to our weekly nutrition tips newsletter today.
Exciting plant foods, 5 recipes for FODMAP/IBS, menstruation, fertility or menopause
Recipe To Eat If You Have Endometriosis